Solanum pungetium R.Br.

Eastern Nightshade

Prodr. 446 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Sprawling short-lived perennial herb or subshrub to 150 cm high, green, pubescent with stellate hairs; prickles to 10 mm long, straight, scattered on branches, peduncles and leaves. Leaves elliptic, mostly 5–8 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, lobed, slightly discolorous, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower surface more densely pubescent, lobes more or less triangular, margins entire or undulate; petiole 1–1.5 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 1–3-flowered; peduncle absent or very short. Flowers on pedicels 2–4 cm long, elongating slightly in fruit; calyx 5–7 mm long, accrescent in fruit, lobes narrow-triangular, 3–4 mm long; corolla campanulate-rotate, 15–20 mm long, pale purple, lobes acute-tipped; anthers 3–4 mm long. Berry globose, 25–30 mm diam., yellow; seeds 2.5–4 mm long, pale yellow-orange. Flowers mostly spring–autumn.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, VVP. Also NSW. Occasional in near-coastal forest and rainforest communities from Sale east to the New South Wales border.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Solanum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Solanum pungetium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum pungetium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory